Florida Personal Injury - How Social Media Can Make or Break Your Case
Social media affects everyone’s lives in today’s world. Did you know it can also affect your personal injury claim? This guide will explain that what you post online can affect you in real life.
Lawyers can now use social media as evidenceIt's an attorney's job to collect evidence to help his/her client's case. In the modern era, this includes social media posts, which can be especially valuable given that it is common for many people to record and photograph themselves constantly. For example, someone could make a claim for debilitating injuries after a car accident. However, if their current social media posts showed them participating in athletic activities and generally living an active, pain-free lifestyle, this could be used against them to deny their claim, as they were clearly not debilitated. This can also apply to emotional trauma. If you are claiming to be suffering emotionally, but your social media displays you as happy and carefree, then your claim could be affected even though it's the norm to only share positive aspects of your life on social media.
Be mindful of how you present yourselfYour general social media presence can also affect your claim. While it is almost never a good idea to post controversial things online, posts like this can be manipulated to affect a jury's impression of you. Angry social media posts about your case or the opposing party are also a big mistake and can portray you as the bad guy instead of the good. Attorneys are experts at spinning information, so you want to be sure that your social media presence can't negatively affect your personal injury claim in any way.
Protect yourself with representationIf you're dealing with a personal injury claim for or against you, make sure that you are represented properly. The legal system is constantly evolving to accommodate new technologies, and you may not be able to foresee what the opposition is going to use against you. A personal injury attorney's job is to stay on top of the changing legal landscape for your benefit. Many offer free consultations and contingency agreements, which mean that you won't pay a thing unless you win. Don't take the risk - hire an attorney and protect yourself.